The British Women’s Association do a High Tea each year here in Manila at the British Ambassador’s house. And a very good job they do too. Anyone who has read Carla and my blog from our walk may remember Carla’s post on learning British terminology. “Cream Teas” were part of her new lexicon, and High Tea is essentially the same thing. Lots of ladies in beautiful dresses, and fancy hats, drinking Pimms and tea.
They serve sandwiches with the crusts cut off (cucumber and salmon sandwiches, of course) and variety of different cakes. Of course there are also scones, jam and cream. It really was very pretty with roses on the table and colourful bunting.
Sourcing some of this stuff in Manila can prove a little challenging. For example, you can’t find clotted cream anywhere outside of England and UHT whipped cream isn’t really the same. Finding tea pots was tricky too, so we all dunked our tea bags in the china cups, but who’s cares…. it was an elegant afternoon!